Weekly Power Rankings will be released at intervals throughout the year after significant action to adjust the has taken place.
Power Rankings Update #3
1- Centerville (16-2)
2- Wayne (15-3)
3- Fairmont (10-9)
4- Beavercreek (9-10)
5- Troy (15-4)
Honorable Mention: Piqua (14-5)
Centerville continues to hold the top spot with wins over Wayne, SoCal Academy, and Moeller. While a 4-point loss to Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary also occurred, the Elks are playing at a high level behind Jonathan Powell (Jr) and his 18ppg. Wayne does not have a bad loss on their resume with their losses coming to state ranked teams (C-J, Centerville, and Garfield Heights) but have had some close calls throughout the year. Lawrent Rice (Sr) and Juan Cranford Jr (Jr) are combining for 39ppg between the 2. Both Fairmont and Beavercreek have played tough out of conference schedules and Fairmont gets the nod only because the more consistent and recent success in 2023. 3 of the Firebirds 4 losses in January were by 4 points or less and they’ve played some of the top teams out of Cincinnati. Beavercreek has battled with some of the better teams in the area and continue to be paced by the combo of Isaiah Williams (So) and Liam Gluck (Jr) on the scoring end. Troy rounds out the Top 5 with only 4 losses on the year by a combined 17 points. The Trojans lack a quality win with losses to some of the better teams they’ve faced. Troy continues to depend on their defense as they’ve allowed 49ppg this year.
1- Chaminade-Julienne (18-2)
2- Dunbar (14-5)
3- Alter (11-7)
4- Meadowdale (12-5)
T-5- Ponitz (14-6)
T-5- Tippecanoe (17-1)
Honorable Mention: Carroll (13-5), Fenwick (13-6), Oakwood (14-4)
C-J continues to hold the top spot even with single digit losses to Pace Academy (GA) and Carroll in January. The Eagles have shown they are arguably one of the best teams in the state in Division II and continue to be led by George Washington III (Sr) with 24ppg. Dunbar remains at #2 even with losses to Meadowdale and Woodward as they’ve been more consistent and have arguably bigger wins as they defeated Withrow and Pickerington North in January. Antone Allen (Sr) has begun to step up and along with twin brother Antaune Allen (Sr) and BJ Hatcher (So) have the Wolverines playing really good basketball going into the draw. Alter’s record is deceiving with 3 of the 7 losses coming to teams outside of Ohio. Wins over Olentangy Liberty, Fenwick (x2) and Beavercreek have the Knights in the #3 spot. Meadowdale is starting to gel at the right time as well, as they had won 10 straight games before dropping to Wayne this past Tuesday. The Lions have beaten Dunbar and Ponitz during the stretch and getting great production from the senior duo of Kalerrio Reaves and Lee Benson. Ponitz and Tippecanoe tie for the final spot. Ponitz only lost three times in 2023, with 2 being in OT to Dunbar and Meadowdale. The Golden Panthers are finally looking like the team we thought they were preseason. They are competing more consistently and Dayjuan Anderson (Sr) continues to lead the DCL in scoring. Tippecanoe has not lost since December 17th and are receiving votes in the state AP Poll. The Red Devils non-league schedule has not been great, which keeps them tied at the #5 spot currently. Stanley Clyne (Sr) is scoring 16ppg to lead Tipp.
1- Miami East (18-2)
2- Preble Shawnee (16-3)
3- Greeneview (16-3)
4- Tri-Village (14-4)
5- Carlisle (14-3)
Honorable Mention: Dixie (15-3)
Miami East has continued to prove they are the area’s top Div. 3 team for the time being, with wins over Milton-Union (x2), Troy Christian, Meadowdale, and Troy. The Vikings are beating teams with different styles and even earned the #1 ranking in the AP Poll earlier in January. Wes Enis (Jr) and Jacob Roeth (Jr) are 1-2 in the TRC and averaging 40ppg between the 2. Preble Shawnee has proven to be the team right behind Miami East with close losses against Ponitz, Oakwood, and Fenwick. Greeneview was riding an 11-game winning streak before being defeated by Cedarville this past Tuesday. The Rams are senior heavy and shoot the ball exceptionally well, already beating Cedarville once and Catholic Central. Tri-Village has beaten Dixie recently and will face Preble Shawnee tomorrow night for control of the WOAC. The Patriots have faced a tough non-conference schedule ad have yet to lose within the WOAC. Carlisle rounds out the Top 5 as they’ve won 8 of their last 9 and are finding some rhythm themselves in the SWBL West Division.
1- Jackson Center (17-1)
2- Russia (16-2)
3- Troy Christian (16-3)
4- Fort Loramie (13-5)
5- Cedarville (16-4)
Honorable Mention: Botkins (11-7), Catholic Central (13-5)
Jackson Center earns the #1 spot as they have not lost since November 25th to Russia. Since then the Tigers have avenged that loss to the Raiders, and also beaten Marion Local, Botkins (x2), Fort Loramie (x2), and Indian Lake among others. Russia started the year undefeated but has since dropped games to Jackson Center and Marion Local. Wins over Troy Christian and Jackson Center are impressive for the Raiders. Troy Christian recently defeated Miami East and have not lost a game in 2023 yet. Parker Penrod (Jr) is 3rd in the TRC with 16ppg. Fort Loramie has been a bit up-and-down as they’ve went 6-4 in 2023. Cedarville has found their footing behind Drew Koning (Sr) and recently beat Greeneview.
Power Rankings Update #2
1- Centerville (8-1)
2- Wayne (8-1)
3- Fairmont (5-5)
4- Beavercreek (4-5)
5- Troy (7-3)
Honorable Mention: Piqua (8-1)
Centerville continues to hold on to the top spot with wins over Pickerington Central, Huntington Prep, and Fairmont the last few weeks. Gabe Cupps (Sr) continues to be one of the best two-way players in the area. Wayne comes in at #2 behind Lawrent Rice (Sr) and company. The Warriors recently took their first loss of the year to Chaminade-Julienne on a buzzer beater and has a monumental matchup with Centerville this week to likely determine the #1 team in the rankings. Fairmont has been up-and-down winning games and struggling against some of the better teams in SW Ohio. Losses to Centerville and Sycamore recently are not bad looks, but I would like to see the Firebirds win some of these bigger games. Beavercreek took a bit of a break before Christmas and have been another team battling consistency. Troy rounds out the Top 5 even after dropping 3 straight in December. The Trojans lost to Tippecanoe, Miami East, and Springboro all on the road and by a combined 10 points. Troy currently sits atop the MVL in scoring with 62 ppg.
1- C-J (11-0)
2- Dunbar (8-3)
3- Alter (6-5)
4- Ponitz (8-3)
5- Meadowdale (5-4)
Honorable Mention: Fenwick (8-2), Tippecanoe (5-1), Urbana (7-2)
C-J is no doubt the top team in Dayton right now and 1 of 2 undefeated local teams still standing. Wins over Garfield Heights, Harvest Prep, and Wayne have been impressive. George Washington III (Sr) continues to lead the GCL in scoring with 25 ppg and getting additional production from Evan Dickey (Sr) and Jackson Washington (Jr). Dunbar went 15 days without playing a game after the Coach Q Holiday Classic on December 18th. The Wolverines have 3 losses by a combined 11 points and have the head-to-head over Alter. Upcoming games with Alter and Pickerington North are going to be worth watching. Alter’s record is slightly deceiving as they went 2-2 at a holiday event in California. The Knights have not won a game in Ohio since December 13th and continue to be led by Cedarville commit Anthony Ruffolo (Sr) in their backcourt. Ponitz has the talent to be a top 5 team, but continue to have headscratching losses, including a 2-point loss to Trotwood right before the holidays. The Golden Panthers are getting almost 32 points per game from the senior combo of Dayjuan Anderson and Antwaun Hathcock. Meadowdale will hold their spot only because of their win against Woodward recently. The Lions have a very short separation between the HM teams.
1- Miami East (10-1)
2- Preble Shawnee (9-1)
3- Milton-Union (6-3)
4- Tri-Village (7-3)
5- Greeneview (7-2)
Honorable Mention: Carlisle (7-2), Indian Lake (4-4)
Miami East takes over the #1 spot as they’ve been impressive with wins over Meadowdale, Troy, and Troy Christian, with their only loss being by 3 points to Westerville North. The Vikings are getting over 40 ppg from Wes Enis and Jacob Roeth. Preble Shawnee has been on a tear winning by an average of 33 points in their last 7 games. Mason Shrout (Jr) leads the WOAC in scoring with 25 ppg. Milton-Union has found a rhythm since their football team found success in the postseason. A head-to-head win over Tri-Village in December gives the Bulldogs the #3 spot. Connor Yates and Cooper Brown have been instrumental for the Bulldogs. Tri-Village has seen some struggles with losses to some bigger schools and the recent loss to Milton-Union. Greeneview has some wins over Catholic Central and Cedarville and has been led by Jordan Erisman so far this year.
1- Russia (10-0)
2- Jackson Center (8-1)
3- Fort Loramie (7-2)
4- Troy Christian (6-3)
5- Cedarville (9-2)
Honorable Mention: Bradford (7-3), Catholic Central (6-4), Lehman Catholic (6-3)
Russia is the only other undefeated local team and has beaten Fort Loramie, Jackson Center, and several MAC schools early on. The Raiders are well coached and fundamentally sound. Jackson Center’s only loss on the year comes to Russia and they seem to be getting into a groove at the right time. Fort Loramie is struggling with injuries but still is one of the better teams in Division IV. Troy Christian and Cedarville round out the top 5.
Power Rankings Update #1
1- Centerville (3-1)
2- Wayne (4-0)
3- Fairmont (3-2)
4- Beavercreek (2-3)
5- Troy (4-0)
Honorable Mention: Butler (4-1), Miamisburg (3-2), Springboro (1-4)
Even with 1 loss, Centerville holds the #1 spot for now. Their loss to Cathedral (IN) certainly is excused and a recent 20+ point win over Cleveland Heights gives them a quality win early on. The talent on the Elks roster is too much right now to move them down. However, the gap between Centerville and Wayne is much smaller. Wayne is undefeated and has beaten Buchtel already on the year. Close wins over Northmont and Springboro are a bit of a concern, but the Warriors are led by Lawrent Rice (Sr) who is scoring 31ppg and leads the GWOC currently. Fairmont has won 3 straight games since dropping back-to-back against solid Cincinnati programs. Defensively they are allowing 38 points per game and have a good senior heavy group. Beavercreek takes the #4 spot with recent wins over Meadowdale and Springboro. Losses to Centerville and Perrysburg are nothing to flinch about, and the Beavers are getting over 30 points per game from Isaiah Williams (So) and Liam Gluck (Jr) right now. Troy is the first MVL team to debut with an undefeated record currently. While the Trojans have not played many teams in the top half of the MVL, they are averaging 68 points per game and impressing. Troy is going to need to continue to win these games and can’t afford to drop games to stay at that #5 spot.
Butler has beaten Shawnee and Piqua early on, but a recent blowout loss to Sidney keeps the Aviators in the HM category. Miamisburg while above .500 has struggled against the top of the GWOC and needs some more quality out of conference wins. Springboro has dropped 4 straight although the teams they’ve lost to have been quite good (3 losses against Top 5 Division I teams).
1- Chaminade-Julienne (6-0)
2- Dunbar (5-1)
3- Alter (3-2)
4- Meadowdale (2-2)
5- Ponitz (4-2)
Honorable Mention: Bellbrook (3-0), Fenwick (2-2), Urbana (3-0)
C-J has been dominant so far this year with wins over Alter and Meadowdale already this year. George Washington III (sr) is putting up 24ppg and has carried the Eagles offensively, while Evan Dickey (Sr) has brought great play on the defensive end of the floor. Depth is something C-J is utilizing and has had 1 game within 10 points so far this year. Ever since losing to Mason on opening weekend, Dunbar has won 5 straight, including Alter and Tri-Village. Antaune Allen (Sr) and BJ Hatcher (So) have been a great duo and big reason why the Wolverines are clicking early on. Alter has two early losses by a combined 9 points to the two teams ahead of them currently. Anthony Ruffolo (Sr) is leading the GCL in scoring with 25ppg while teammate AJ Leen (Sr) is averaging 14 ppg and 7rpg. The Knights offense is looking great at 71 points per game and have a tough stretch of games upcoming that will test that offensive output. Meadowdale sits at #4 after their 25-point victory over Ponitz last week that gives them head-to-head advantage. The Lions have double digit losses to Beavercreek and C-J early on and now have Kalerrio Reaves (Sr) back from injury. Ponitz has truly been up and down early on with wins against Oakwood and Preble Shawnee early on, but also has a loss to Georgetown and Meadowdale that can be viewed as concerning. The Golden Panthers have the leading scorer in the DCL in Dayjuan Anderson (Sr) and some great support pieces playing well in seniors Tyren Brown and Antwaun Hathcock. Consistency in the next few weeks will allow Ponitz to stay in that top 5 for now.
Bellbrook is undefeated early on, but we need to see the Golden Eagles play some tougher competition before we can bump them past the current Top 5. Austin Webb (So) is averaging 17ppg early on. Fenwick has looked solid early on although their offense has struggled. Guard play has been good for the Falcons. Urbana also sits undefeated, but needs a quality win themselves to prove they belong in the Top 5.
1- Preble Shawnee (4-1)
2- Miami East (4-0)
3- Tri-Village (3-1)
4- Anna (3-1)
5- Indian Lake (3-1)
Honorable Mention: Greeneview (3-1)
Preble Shawnee holds the #1 spot with their victory over Heritage Christian (IN) being their best win early on. A 10-point loss to D2 Ponitz isn’t a bad look by any means. Mason Shrout (Jr) is scoring the ball well with 23ppg and the Arrows are getting some good production out of Logan Hawley (Jr) on both ends of the floor. Miami East has looked good and makes a case for #1 with their undefeated record and 4 wins by double digits. Juniors Jacob Roeth and Wes Enis are combining for 37 points per game and leading the Vikings on the offensive end. Miami East has a tough stretch upcoming that if they can win, could bump them up to that #1 spot. Tri-Village sits at #3 with convincing wins to start the year, but a recent double digit loss to D2 Dunbar. Again, a loss to a D2 program isn’t a bad look, but the Patriots don’t have a quality win yet to cancel that out. Anna gets the head-to-head over Indian Lake early on after beating the Lakers by 15 a few weeks ago. However, the Rockets haven’t faced another tough matchup since. Winning in the SCAL will certainly give them the needed boosts to remain in the Top 5. Indian Lake sits at #5 with their loss to Anna, but has beaten Bethel and Graham and getting a double-double per game from Caiden Nicol (Jr) 24ppg and 11rpg.
Greeneview remains right on the outside after their 13-point loss to Versailles, but needs another quality win outside Cedarville to make a case to jump into the Top 5.
1- Russia (5-0)
2- Fort Loramie (2-0)
3- Troy Christian (2-0)
4- Bradford (4-1)
5- Jackson Center (4-1)
Honorable Mention: Botkins (1-2), Cedarville (5-1), Springfield Catholic Central (2-3)
Russia takes over the #1 spot as they’ve started off the year hot with a gritty win over previously #1 Jackson Center to start the year off. The Raiders are allowing 34 points per game, with 3 opponents being held under 30 points already this year. Fort Loramie got a late start after their football team making a deep run, but 2 double digit wins to start the year shows the Redskins are in a groove even after the delay. Troy Christian is also undefeated with double digit wins to start the season. Parker Penrod (Jr) is leading the TRC currently with 20ppg and has some good support pieces around him. Bradford might be one of the top offensive teams in Division IV with an astonishing 72 points per game through 5 games. The Railroaders have won every game by double digits except a 1-point loss to Fort Recovery, all behind Parker Davidson (Sr) and his WOAC leading 24ppg. Owen Canan (So) has provided great support in the backcourt. Jackson Center has won 4 straight since losing to Russia to start the year, with wins over Anna and Botkins already.
Botkins has struggled a but early on with tough losses against Jackson Center and Shawnee to start the year. The Trojans will need to pickup some wins over the next few weeks to build their case into the Top 5. Cedarville has been hot to start the year, but doesn’t have enough big wins to make their case just yet. Drew Koning (Sr) is putting up 22ppg to start the year. Catholic Central has played several bigger schools to start the year and lost, but Tyler Galluch (Sr) is averaging a double-double with 22ppg and 12rpg.
Preseason Power Rankings
Honorable Mention: Northmont, Piqua Troy
Centerville debuts as the #1 team after a State Runner-Up appearance last year. While they lose 3 Division I prospects from that team, they return arguably the top prospect from that team in Gabe Cupps and added Jonathan Powell, Colin O’Connor, and Tommy Dulguun through transfers. Wayne will have back Lawrent Rice and will look to several different guys to help with secondary scoring. Their ability to consistently help Rice will keep the Warriors in the #2 spot. Springboro and Fairmont are neck-in-neck for #3. Boro gets the advantage with having more offensive upside through RJ Greer and other guard play. Fairmont has much of their role guys back and have added some younger pieces to put them right in the mix again, as long as they can replace the loss of Anthony Johnson and Dasan Doucet. Beavercreek rounds out the Top 5 with the return of plenty of their guys, including Isaiah Williams and Kyle Putnam. Replacing the size they had could hurt the Beavers to stay in the Top 5.
Northmont has some athletic guys that could give them an edge head-to-head against the GWOC schools ahead of them. Piqua and Troy have the best chances to crash the Top 5 out of the MVL. Piqua returns Dresean Roberts among some other contributing seniors. Troy also is senior heavy and adds Hollis Terrell back from Dunbar.
Honorable Mention: Carroll, Oakwood, Shawnee
C-J begins the season as the preseason #1 as they added George Washington III and Jackson Washington as well as returning Evan Dickey and Devin Rakestraw. The Eagles have an absolutely loaded roster and at least for the preseason deserve the top spot to begin the season. Ponitz is returning almost everyone from last year, including Dayjuan Anderson, and will be a senior heavy team. Alter has 3 guys returning that have been contributors since their sophomore year. Anthony Ruffolo, Gavin Geisel, and AJ Leen all return and the Knights have some young size that will fill out the rest of the roster. Dunbar is always competitive and has the edge over Meadowdale to start the season with their guard play but must be able to overcome their lack of size. Meadowdale has a nice 1-2 punch in Kalerrio Reaves and Lee Benson but must show depth and scoring outside the 2 in order to jump into that Top 3 conversation.
Carroll returns from a District Runner-Up season and has the top scorer in the GCL last year in Sean McKitrick. Games against C-J and Alter will give the Patriots a chance to pickup quality wins to crash the Top 5. Oakwood likely will be the best team in the SWBL, but need to show consistent play outside Will Maxwell to compete. Shawnee moves up to Division II and return one of the best players in the CBC in Zion Crowe
1- Preble Shawnee
3- Indian Lake
4- Miami East
Honorable Mention: Carlisle, Greeneview, Versailles
Preble Shawnee debuts as the top team as they have arguably the best local player in the Division in Mason Shrout. Production outside Shrout is going to determine how long the Arrows can hold the top spot, but they have a strong junior class overall. Tri-Village moves up to Division III and has a great backcourt in Dalton DeLong and Wilson Suggs. Their return gives the Patriots a legitimate chance to challenge Preble Shawnee and allows head-to-head battles to determine that #1 spot. Indian Lake was extremely successful last year and brings back their best scoring option in Caiden Nicol. The Lakers schedule gives them some bigger school matchups and could allow them to pickup “bigger” wins. Miami East has a good team returning and has been a team hanging around the Top 5 the last 2 years. Jacob Roeth and Wes Enis are the best duo in the area and have a chance at taking the TRC title. Milton-Union drops to Division III after a 19-win season and the return of their upperclassmen Blake Brumbaugh and Cooper Brown. The Bulldogs will have chances to move up especially against Miami East and D4 Top 5 Troy Christian.
Carlisle may be a surprise in the honorable mention category, but they have back their top end production led by Connor Smith to at least challenge for a Top 5 spot if they can win their games in the SWBL. Greeneview brings back a great group of seniors, but we don’t know who their “guy” is going to be yet. Versailles lost quite a bit of their production from last year, but the return of Connor Stonebraker is going to give the Tigers the advantage of size and play in the interior. If they can win some games early on, especially in the MAC, the Tigers could present a case to jump into a Top 5 spot.
1- Jackson Center
2- Fort Loramie
5- Troy Christian
Honorable Mention: Bradford, Catholic Central, Cedarville
Jackson Center debuts as the top team as they return their top guys in Camdyn Reese and Jace Mullenhour from a District Runner-Up team. The Tigers are well coached and will find ways to compete with everyone they matchup against. Fort Loramie is senior heavy and have back one of the best athletes in the league in Caleb Maurer to surround the talent around. Botkins will bring back Carter Pleiman who is one of the best defensive players in the league. Replacing the offensive production lost will be quite a bit. Russia returns their top young guys from last season, but will face questions to start the year with the loss of their head coach. Troy Christian brings back Parker Penrod and several other players from last year to start the year as a Top 5 team.
Bradford is on the outside looking in currently with Parker Davidson coming back after being one of the top scorers in the WOAC last year. They must show secondary scoring outside Davidson to find their way into conversation. Catholic Central has back the top prospect in the OHC in Tyler Galluch, but lose so much to graduation that we need to wait and see how the new faces perform before moving the Irish. Cedarville returns their starting backcourt, but will be missing their big man from last year and offensively struggled at times. The Indians must get consistent scoring to compete.
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